Events in Music on August 12

  • 1856 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, is granted a second patent for improvements to the accordion (Patent No. 15511A)
  • 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of North America begins with two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois

Music History

1966 The Beatles hold press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois; John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark

  • 1972 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 156 performances

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

1972 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater in NYC after 1316 performances

  • 1979 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances

Album Release

1991 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica"; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

Music Recording

1999 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Music History

2015 US Postal Service issues a second postage stamp featuring rock singer Elvis Presley, as part of its Music Icon series; design is a black & white photograph taken by William Speer in 1955

  • 2021 Britney Spear's father says he will step down as her conservator after the singer called his conservatorship abusive, amid a #FreeBritney campaign